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Chopin and his Europe Festival (August 2019)
In August 2019, Ben once again returned to Poland to attend the prestigious Chopin and his Europe Festival. As well as the amazing music and artists, Ben was able to meet with Festival Artistic Director Stanisław Leszczyński. Ben was also able to meet with 2nd prize winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments, Aleksandra Świgut, who is also a teacher of piano at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Ben and Aleksandra were able to discuss the differences in performing Chopin on modern instruments and historic instruments. Ben had the good fortune to have Aleksandra play for him in one of the University’s recital rooms, where further discussion on Chopin interpretation was possible.
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